Du Châtelet Prize

The Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics celebrates excellence in philosophy of physics and promotes breadth across the field both historically and philosophically.

The Du Châtelet Prize in Philosophy of Physics is supported by Duke University in collaboration with Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.

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2021

Measurement practices in the physical sciences: correlation, calibration and stabilization

Winners:

Jamee Elder, “On the ‘direct detection’ of gravitational waves"

Miguel Ohnesorge, “Pluralising measurement”

Committee:

Alisa Bokulich, Hasok Chang, Daniel Mitchell, and Wendy Parker

2020

Mathematics as a tool of conceptual innovation in physical theory and/or experiment, 1780-1890

Winner:

Joshua Eisenthal, "Hertz's Mechanics and a unitary notion of force”

Committee: 

Janet Folina, Doreen Fraser, Lydia Patton and Sheldon Smith

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2019

How matter acts on matter: unsolved problems in the philosophy of physics, 1700-1760

Winner:

Adwait Parker, “Newton on Active and Passive Quantities of Matter”

Committee:

Katherine Brading, Mary Domski, Andrew Janiak, Chris Smeenk, and George Smith

"Physics is an immense building that surpasses the powers of a single man. Some lay a stone there, while others build whole wings... still others survey the plan of the building, and I, among them."